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Rethinking ‘Identities’

Cultural Articulations of Alterity and Resistance in the New Millennium


Lucille Cairns and Santiago Fouz-Hernandez

This volume sets out to re-imagine the theoretical and epistemological presuppositions of existing scholarship on identities. Despite a well-established body of scholarly texts that examine the concept from a wide range of perspectives, there is a surprising dearth of work on multiple, heterogeneous forms of identity. Numerous studies of ethnic, linguistic, regional and religious identities have appeared, but largely in isolation from one another.
Rethinking ‘Identities’ is a multi-authored project that is original in providing – in distributed and granular mode – a hyper-contemporary and wide-ranging applied analysis that questions notions of identity based on nation and region, language, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion or even ‘the human’. The volume achieves this by mobilizing various contexts of identity (gender, ethnicity, sexuality, nation) and medium (art, cinema, literature, music, theatre, video). Emphasizing the extreme contemporary (the twenty-first century) and the challenges posed by an increasingly global society, this collection of essays builds upon existing intellectual investigations of identity with the aim of offering a fresh perspective that transcends cognitive and geographical frontiers.
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ANDY BYFORD is Senior Lecturer in Russian in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University, UK. He holds a doctorate in Russian Studies from the University of Oxford (2004) and was a Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford between 2004 and 2009. He has published widely on Russian history and culture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. His research includes an ethnographic exploration of the politics of Russian diasporic identity-making, community-building and self-representation in Great Britain. His publications in this area have appeared in journals such as Neprikosnovennyi zapas and Europe Asia Studies.

LUCILLE CAIRNS is Professor of French at Durham University, UK. She is the author of numerous articles/chapters both on French women’s writing and on male and female homosexuality in French literature and film, and of five sole-authored monographs: Marie Cardinal: Motherhood and Creativity (1992), Privileged Pariahdom: Homosexuality in the Novels of Dominique Fernandez (1996), Lesbian Desire in Post-1968 French Literature (2002), Sapphism on Screen: Lesbian Desire in French and Francophone Cinema (2006) and Post-War Jewish Women’s Writing in French (2011). She is also sole editor of Gay and Lesbian Cultures in France (2002). She was President of the Association of University Professors and Heads of French from 2007–2010 and is currently the national representative for French studies on the Executive Committee of the University Council of Modern Languages. In 2009, she was made a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government. In 2011, she became a member of...

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